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Call for papers : Bridging Differences: East, West, Seas and Mediterranean worlds. (34th International Geographical Congress, Istanbul 17-21 August 2020)

34th International Geographical Congress, Istanbul 17-21 August 2020

Joint CFP of the Commission History of Geography, the Commission Gender and Geography and the Commission Political Geography


Chair: Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg
Co-chairs: Virginie Mamadouh, Lynda Johnston

Call for papers:

For a long time, the categories of East, West, North and South have been used as both Cartesian coordinates and as metaphors assigning identities, often under the form of stereotypes, to people coming from different places. The successive waves of critical, radical, feminist, post/decolonial and non-representational geographies and geopolitics have increasingly questioned the essentialisation of identities deriving from these metaphors, especially criticising their use for imperialist, patriarchal, racist and reactionary political agendas, past and present. International geographical scholarship committed to these critical approaches urges us to substitute the absolute geographical metaphors mentioned above with the metaphor of ‘the bridge’. ‘The bridge’ valorises all kind of differences, as well as the decolonisation of geography by rendering it mostly inclusive (in terms of gender, ethnicity, social conditions and political/religious thought of people participating in the discipline). Further, the metaphor of ‘the bridge’ reconfigures the Mediterranean as a place of contacts and exchanges rather than a place for erecting walls, barriers or any kinds of enclosures. Interventions about other seas (and maybe deserts that function in a similar way) are also welcome. By assuming intersectional principles recognising that social, economic, political, religious, ethnic, speciesist, environmental and colonial forms of oppression are intrinsically linked the one to each other, the organisers of this joint session welcome all contributions that engage with the broad field of studies on critical, radical, anarchist, feminist, queer, intersectional, internationalist geographies. We welcome presentations that draw on critical social theory, critical race studies and socially and politically engaged scholarship, in general. The participation of non-

academic presenters such as activists and independent scholars, is especially encouraged.

Please send an abstract by 13 January 2020 following the instructions in the Conference website:

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Call for papers: IGU Thematic Conference Heritage Geographies: Politics, Uses and Governance of the Past, Lecce (Italy), May 29-31 2020

The IGU Commission History of Geography would like to draw attention to the following call for papers:


For this session, we welcome empirical or theoretical contributions that place heritage- related issues in the context of Mediterranean histories, cultures and circulations. The Mediterranean has disgracefully become a (disputed and violent) frontier, while in several historical periods it has been a “valley” putting different cultures in mutual communication and cross-pollination. These notions, which are expressed in a heterogeneous way, can be found in the works of classical geographers such as Carl Ritter and Elisée Reclus, of artists such as Paul Signac and Henri Matisse and leading 20th-century European intellectuals such as Paul Valéry, Albert Camus and Gilles Deleuze. More recently, similar ideas have returned in the ‘Southern Thinking’ by Franco Cassano and in the concept of multiple ‘Souths’ by the Latin American authors of the Modernity-Coloniality-Decoloniality movement. Contributions refreshing the relations between these lines of thought and debates on geography and heritage, tangible and intangible, would be greatly appreciated.

We would especially like to receive proposals on:

Decolonial thinking and geographies of the Souths
Southern thinking and postcolonial, decolonial and anticolonial approaches in geography and cognate disciplines
Southern thinking and decoloniality in their relation to feminism and gendered approaches
Mediterranean worlds and metaphors in geography
Historical geographies of Italy and other Mediterranean countries
Historical geographies and geopolitics of land and sea
Critical and radical geographies and their relations to heritage issues
Works and lives of geographers committed to intercultural dialogue, anti-racism and anti-colonialism
Geopoetics, artistic and literary geographies from/about the Souths
Geography and geophilosophy
Geographies of migration and culture’s meetings
Any other topic in the history and philosophy of geography
[Organisers: Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg and Federico Ferretti]

To submit your abstract, please follow the guidelines below and send it to


When submitting your abstract, please include:
• Submitter’s contact details (Full first and family name(s), email, phone number, country)
• Presenting author’s and co-Authors’ details (Full first and family name(s), postal address, mail)
• Affiliation details: Institution/Company/University, city, country
• Abstract type: poster or oral
• Session number
• Abstract title
• Abstract text: the abstract should not exceed 2500 characters spaces included
• Keywords: up to 5 keywords may be provided

Deadline: 31st December 2019 Acceptance: 31st January 2020

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